Published: Sun, January 21, 2018
Medical | By Jackie Banks

A Sushi Lover Pulled a 5-Foot Tapeworm Out of His Body

A Sushi Lover Pulled a 5-Foot Tapeworm Out of His Body

A Fresno man turned up at a local emergency room carrying a 5-foot-long tapeworm he pulled out of his own intestine. A Californian man, who had eaten sushi, was taken to the hospital when he discovered a tapeworm "wiggling out" of him during his visit to the toilet, Mail Online reported.

Dr. Kenny Banh recounted the gruesome story as a guest on a recent episode of "This Won't Hurt A Bit", a medical podcast that dissects odd or unusual health cases with experts.

Dr. William Schaffner, professor at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, said that the Japanese tapeworm is from the same family of other tapeworms, presenting similar symptoms of abdominal discomfort, nausea, loose stools and weight loss, among others.

Banh and the patient were baffled at first as to how he had gotten a tapeworm, before the man confessed that he loved salmon sashimi.

Though it's not clear what caused the infection, Banh mentioned that the patient consumed raw salmon in sushi on a near-daily basis, which might have been to blame.

On the "This Won't Hurt A Bit" podcast, Dr. Kenny Banh, an emergency medicine physician at UC-San Francisco's Fresno campus, told the stomach-churning story of the patient who came into his emergency department August 7, 2017.

The patient was horrified at the idea of his intestines coming out, but found relief when he pulled and realized what it actually was.

Mets invite Tim Tebow to major league spring training
It's the second straight year they've had him in camp after signing the former Heisman Trophy victor to a minor league contract. Lucie previous year , ?going 4-for-27 (.148) with no extra-base hits, one walk and eight strikeouts in nine games.

And researchers say that this means salmon caught anywhere along the Pacific coast of the United States may have tapeworm.

After being unraveled, the tapeworm ended up being 5-and-a-half feet long. The tapeworm was living inside his body for some time.

According to the CDC, such tapeworms can grow up to 30 feet in length.

When it comes to raw fish, however, the best way to kill parasites is freezing.

In some cases, complications can lead to intestinal obstruction and gall bladder disease, according to the CDC.

Tapeworm infestations can be cured with a single dose of a de-worming medication, the exact same medication used for de-worming canines. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned last February issued a warning that an increase in raw fish consumption has acted like a driving factor for a rise in tapeworm infections.

"It's not eating your pizza, it's eating you", Banh said.

Like this: